NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, celebrities have taken to their social media accounts to encourage their followers to listen to the social distancing guidelines and remain at home. On Thursday, actor Kevin Bacon, used his Twitter and Instagram accounts to share why he is social distancing and encouraging people to use the hashtag #IStayHomeFor.
Hey everybody, now it’s so important to STAY HOME and keep our distance from others. Join me and post a video or photo with a sign like this, with #IStayHomeFor, telling who you are staying home for, & tag 6 friends. Let's work together to stay home and keep each other safe. pic.twitter.com/ybv63bE42t
— Kevin Bacon (@kevinbacon) March 18, 2020
Bacon, making a play off of the “Six Degrees Of Separation From Kevin Bacon” game, explained that everyone has somebody in their life who is “worth staying home for” and said that he is doing so for his wife Kyra Sedgwick. He then encouraged users to do the same.
New York and New Jersey area residents have begun to weigh in.
— Brandon Gerena (@brandongerena) March 19, 2020
— RayRay (@BkRaysjoy) March 19, 2020
I do everything Kevin Bacon tells me to, so tonight I’m spreading the word about why it’s important to #stayhome, #stopthespread and #flattenthecurve. We all have people we love and things we hope for. What are yours?#IStayHomeFor pic.twitter.com/h8AwSTKwje
— Kristin #flattenthecurve McCracken 🦠 (@kmc1213) March 19, 2020
— Nathan K Archambault (@NKArch) March 18, 2020
— Christine Kappesser (@ChristineMaeK) March 18, 2020
In addition to the local citizens who have begun to chime in, the hashtag has taken off on both Twitter and Instagram with other celebrities putting up posts explaining who they are staying home for. Music legend Elton John said he stays home for his partner David and their children.
Thanks @kevinbacon for the nom!! #IStayHomeFor for David and our boys, to stop the spread of coronavirus. Post your #IStayHomeFor pic with a sign like mine and tag six of your friends. Mine are @edsheeran @samsmith @TaronEgerton @sharonstone @MrsSOsbourne & @samfendermusic!
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) March 19, 2020
British soccer star David Beckham took to his account saying he stays home for his wife Victoria and their children.
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Staying at home for the ones that we love 🏠. Thank you @kevinbacon for nominating me. I’m staying at home for Victoria and our kids, including Cruzie who’s made his way into this photo 😂 Let’s stop the coronavirus spread together ♥️ Share your own #IStayHomeFor photo with a sign like mine and tag six of your friends asking them to do the same. I nominate @BrooklynBeckham @DavidGardner @Gneville2 @RosemaryFerguson_ @GordonGram and @J_Corden